Prime Real Estate for Cottontail the Bunny (Reading, PA)

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Home Inspector with Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia

Prime Real Estate for Cottontail the Bunny (Reading, PA)


bunny welcomeYesterday morning, my wife, Tina, screamed with excitement, "Come see this!"  As I approached our kitchen window, I saw a bunny digging a nest.  Tina, the animal lover, was mesmerized by this bunny and I think she felt honored it chose a spot right outside the kitchen window to make a nest.  I realized I might have waited a few days too long to mow the grass!


Thinking about it, I realized it was quite a piece of prime real estate for "Cottontail" the Bunny (yes, my wife already named her).  In addition to the long grass, we've got a few prolific raspberry bushes nearby along with my wife's unsuccessful garden.  I say "unsuccessful" because I observed my wife pull 1 strawberry and 2 tomatoes from that garden this entire year.  Ask the well-fed birds, squirrels and bunnies in our neighborhood, however, and they would consider her garden quite successful.  

plush bunny

I must admit it was interesting to see this bunny at work, but it presented a few concerns.  First of all, how am I supposed to mow the lawn and how close to this nest can I get?  My wife has banned me from going within several feet of Cottontail's home.  I would never hear the end of it if a baby bunny turned up injured from the lawnmower or worse!  This patch of yard should look interesting a month from now.

home sweet home



Tina started to joke (but I think she's serious) about putting a mini flower pot and a "Home Sweet Home" sign right outside the nest.  I assured her the bunnies would be happier without these extras.


As a home inspector around Reading, PA, I'm usually looking for other rodents- not bunnies!  I'll inspect a home looking for signs of mice or squirrels that can actually do damage to a property.  I can't say I know too much about bunnies, so I decided to do some research. 

I found out what we have is an Eastern Cottontail. prime real estate for bunny

I found a great website called Our Backyard Wildlife and learned some neat facts about the Eastern Cottontail bunnies and their nests.  They breed from March to September.  The mom-to-be will dig a shallow depression in the earth and line it with grass, dried leaves, and fur from her body. She then hides the nest under a layer of grass and dried leaves.  I know if my wife hadn't seen this bunny digging her nest, we would not have known it was even there! 

Unfortunately, we didn't get a photo of the nest before the bunny covered it up as Tina didn't want to startled her by opening the window.  This picture below shows how difficult it is to see a nest.  It's located right in the middle-right of the photo.

hidden bunny nest

One more thing I should say about these nests.  If you find a nest or baby bunnies, leave them alone.  The mom will only visit them for about 5 minutes a day to nurse.  She leaves the nest for the rest of the day to keep predators from finding the nest and she does stay closeby.   If you aren't sure if the babies are orphaned or not, you can put an "x" over the nest with 2 pieces of string and if the "x" is disturbed by the next day, you'll know mom most likely came by for a visit.  If the bunnies are orphaned, you can check out this website at www.rabbit.org  to learn about what to do with them.

In the meantime, Cottontail is going to enjoy her prime real estate!

 

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David Artigliere, with ARTI Home Inspections LLC,  is a Home Inspector in Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading & surrounding Eastern PA. 

He offers home inspections 7 days a week.  Call us at (610) 220-1907.

 

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david the home inspectorDavid Artigliere, owner of ARTI Home Inspections LLC, is a home inspector in Pottstown, Reading, Norristown, Royersford and surrounding areas. 

He is available 7 days a week and can be reached at 610-220-1907.

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Roy Kelley
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Good post for urban wildlife lovers.  The rabbits are also well fed in our Kentlands neighborhood in Montgomery County, MD.

Thanks for your comments on my FHA 203(k) posts.  The current series will run through Thursday.

 Life is better when there are flowers to photograph!

Aug 22, 2011 05:45 AM #1
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David - We too have these little guys all over our areas. We love to see them run about our property. We never disturb the nests as we like seeing the babies come out on their own.. Nice post

Aug 22, 2011 09:12 AM #2
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Hi David, Thanks to Roy's re-blog I read your story and learned a lot about rabbits.  I too would have been like your wife Tina happy to see the new neighbors.

Re-blogging because of the important you shared.

Gloria

Aug 22, 2011 03:00 PM #3
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Rose King
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Hi David! I would have been thrilled to have a bunny nest in my yard - you guys are "Lucky Rabbits"!

Aug 22, 2011 03:14 PM #4
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Kathy Streib
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David- I came here thanks to Gloria's reblog.  I love this story and it was fun learning some facts about bunnies.  My favorite story as a kid was Peter Cottontail, so thank you for not mowing over the nest!!!(not that you would)

Aug 22, 2011 03:35 PM #5
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Steve Stenros
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David, our lawn is overrun with rabbits here in southern California! They actually cause quite a bit of damage. Their "dung" stations kill large spots in our lawn and they eat all my freshly planted roses!

Aug 22, 2011 04:42 PM #6
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David, we have hares in abundance here, so we often see them bounding away when we open a door to leave the house. I'm glad you have tips about nests and to leave them be! Great post!

Aug 22, 2011 07:36 PM #7
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Clint Mckie
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Hi David,

Good post.

I love the Jack Rabbits here. They are huge compared to the little cotton tails up further north.

We never bother them and just like watching them.

I grew up on a farm in Michigan, we used to catch baby rabbits all the time. We would care for them then release them as they got older.

Have a great day.

Best, Clint McKie

Aug 23, 2011 12:54 AM #8
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David, baby bunnies are so cute, but they sure do some damage with flowers and in a garden.   Good luck, and hope you get to mow soon!    

Aug 23, 2011 02:57 AM #9
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David Artigliere
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Thanks for all your posts everyone!  My wife will be happy to hear she isn't the only animal lover out there.  Steve & Joan- I'll be sure to recommend she keeps her flowers to the front yard! 

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